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Romeo and Juliet- commentary on act 3 scene 5

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GCSE Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet- commentary on act 3 scene 5

Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, which is the battleground for a hostile feud between two families, the Montague's and the Capulets. The two families brawl constantly in the streets; the reason for the quarrel is never actually made very clear. In response to the constant fighting the prince of Verona issues an addict imposing the death penalty on anyone caught "duelling".

Romeo, a young man of the house of Montague, has been infatuated with Rosaline, a niece of Capulet. He and his friends sneak into a masked ball at Capulet's house so that Romeo can see her. During the ball, Romeo catches sight of Juliet and quickly forgets about Rosaline.

That same night Romeo creeps under Juliet's bedroom window and professes his love for her. Juliet, who is standing on the balcony above him, overhears his sighs of love. She confesses she returns his feelings. With the aid of Friar Lawrence, Romeo makes plans with Juliet for them to be married in secret. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, discovers that Romeo attended the ball, and sets out to teach the young Montague a lesson.

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